The Thunder, who were never really in Wednesday's Game 5, turned to a strategy of hacking center Omer Asik late in the game, but Asik finished by hitting 4-of-6 shots and 13-of-18 free throws for 21 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks.
Asik, who shot 56 percent from the line this season, handled the pressure admirably and knocked down a majority of the free throws the Thunder handed him. The Thunder got it down to a six-point deficit, but continued to foul Asik, who kept hitting more than he was missing. Scott Brooks will be ripped for the decision, but given the fact that the Thunder really weren't doing much before the hack-fest starting, Brooks was just pulling at straws trying to make something happen. The Thunder will try to avoid a Game 7 by beating the Rockets in Houston in Friday's Game 6, but they'll have to play much better than they did tonight to make it happen. May 2 - 12:29 AM